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7 June 1909 (USA) See more »
In the little Italian city of Cremona there dwelt Taddeo Ferrari, a violin maker and student of Andrea Amati... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Herbert Prior ... Taddeo Ferrari

Mary Pickford ... Giannina, Taddeo's Daughter

Owen Moore ... Sandro
David Miles ... Filippo, the Cripple
Harry Solter ... The Judge
Marion Leonard ... The Judge's Companion
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Avery ... Worker / In Crowd
Clara T. Bracy
John R. Cumpson ... In Crowd
Arthur V. Johnson ... In Crowd

Violet Mersereau ... In Crowd
Anthony O'Sullivan ... Worker

Mack Sennett ... In Crowd

Directed by
D.W. Griffith 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
François Coppée  story
Frank E. Woods  writer

Cinematography by
G.W. Bitzer 

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10 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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This is said to have been Mary Pickford's first credited film. Although it is unclear if she had been background in earlier Biograph films.See more »
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A Preliminary Sketch, 2 March 2004
Author: Single-Black-Male from London, England

The 34 year old D.W. Griffith reworks the story set by Francee Cooper. He divides the mainstream from the marginalized in this film, reconstructing America in the process. He paints a picture of characters that his audiences would want to have fellowship with, allowing the mainstream to identify with the Griffithiana community. He is not a deep thinker, but a frustrated writer with an ambition that has yet to be realised. He overpaints this film, reading too much into Cooper's work. He does give it some sort of shape that it didn't possess before, but he does that to shape his perception of American history rather than tell an engaging story.

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